CHELSEA and Arsenal joined the race to sign the Brazilian full Emerson.
The star of Atletico Mineiro, 19, has become one of the hottest prospects in South America and attracts enormous attention to Europe.
Brazilian outlet O Tempo now claims that the Premier League duo is about to surpass its search in December.
Atletico Mineiro is also said to be facing financial problems today and could be willing to receive the newest star.
In this spirit, Chelsea and Arsenal were backed to offer £ 8million for Emerson – with the full name Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior.
In fact, the Premier League Scouts were present for the 1-1 draw with Palmeiras on Sunday as the January windows are getting closer and closer.
Arsenal is one of the sides to strengthen their defensive ranks, with Hector Bellerin, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson being only recognized backs.
Bellerin has long been overturned for a while while Lichtsteiner is closing his career and Jenkinson is almost certain to leave.
This could open the door for Unai Emery to make his move while Chelsea wants to add more back-ups for Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta.
The Blues have a long history of signing Brazilians – and Emerson could be tempted by the club by Willian and David Luiz.